After 75 minutes of deliberation Friday morning, jurors gave a verdict of not guilty on all counts of murder for Galva man James Love.
Love, 59, was charged with first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Xavier Hartman on June 19. Love was charged for shooting Hartman in the thigh. Police said the 19-year-old crashed a black Chevrloet pickup truck on its side a few hundred yards away from Love’s home.
Love then reportedly came out of his home and approached Hartman. The two then got into a physical altercation before Love allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot him.
The Register Mail reports Love acted in self-defense. According to Love’s testimony, Hartman hit Love first, and he then called his wife to call the police, and as Hartman charged at him, Love then shot him.
The news outlet also said Hartman’s blood alcohol concentration level at the time was .234, nearly three times the legal limit of .08. Hartman was unarmed.